Port Phillip

Port Phillip has seen some plenty of bread and butter options of late. While the bay is not overrun with hoards of hard fighting snapper – there has been plenty to offer those happy with species like garfish, whiting and squid along with pinkies and smaller gummies if you’re down south.

Garfish reports have been good – just not super crazy in numbers, but worth targeting these tasty little morsels. The Eastern seaboard piers have been good if you’re focusing on setting up for them. Super fine but consistent berley trails are a must – as this will keep the smaller schools around.

The areas worth looking at currently are; Mordialloc, Beaumaris, Frankston and Mornington.

Customers Alex and Angelo have both spent a morning here and there chasing the gars from the piers – and while there hasn’t been clouds and clouds of them they have still been worth the effort. Analysis of correct hook pattern and berley mixture along with float setup has been crucial, but once set up – the results will come.

On the whiting front customer Chris has been catching small bags of them fishing from the shore along the peninsula. Chris has mainly been focusing on the Anthony’s Nose/Dromana region. Chris has found the early stages of the run out tide to be the most effective for him, especially when later during the night. Chris has been using a mixture of squid and cuttlefish as bait – with mussel occasionally landing a few fish also. If doing this form of fishing – be sure to pick out a rod in the 8ft + length and fast action, in order to cast small sinkers 70m+ to where they need to be.

Lucky 12yr old Sam won a guide fishing with Fergy recently through the Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron a few weeks ago so and him and his father Alex went out in the bay and had the ropes shown to them. The morning was spent chasing squid, with some quality calamari and cuttlefish caught – with some crackers up around the 5kg mark.

The best performing jigs were size 3.0 Majorcraft with natual blue and orange being the best two.
Great work to Sam who was a squid guru after some coaching, where he comfortably managed to not only catch all his own squid and cuttlefish. A big thanks to Frogleys Offshore, The Australian Skin Cancer Clinic and Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron for participating in such an event.

Staff member John has snuck out during the week in search of a local mulloway. John is normally pretty early on the mulloway reports – to the sacrifice of coming in to work early! John found a couple of school fish fishing live mullet around in the metro rivers. While slightly early – signs of solid sized school fish look good for Autumn/Winter this season.